Au Reservoir: A new Mapp and Lucia novel Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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"Fraser-Sampson's parody is excellent, especially the introduction of Noel Coward and John Gielgud to crank up the already considerable period camp to levels of near-hysteria. Forbidden sexual longing abounds: Quaint Irene the butch painter with her crush on Lucia; Olga the star soprano with her pash on Lucia's husband; Major Flint after everything in a skirt. But the main drama is the grandes dames plotting to thwart each other. Mapp and Lucia are ghastlier than ever, which makes the end surprisingly and powerfully touching." --Daily Mail
About the Author
Guy Fraser-Sampson is a well-known best-selling non-fiction author, and a longstanding Mapp and Lucia fan. His previous Tilling novels, Lucia on Holiday and Major Benjy, have been extremely well-received. Lucia on Holiday was a No. 1 Hatchards Bestseller and featured on Open Book (Radio 4) with Mariella Frostrup.
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1) The price Lucia paid for Mallards was Grebe plus £2000, later raised to guineas, then compromised to midway - £2,050 (Lucia's Progress, end of chapter 5) - and not Grebe plus 100 guineas. Sloppy research.
2) The ending, plus the epilogue. Apart from being able to spot what was coming very quickly, and gradually becoming more and more averse to the idea as it unfolded, I found myself questioning the right of the author to pronounce on the destinies of not just Lucia, but all the characters. You are over-reaching yourself Mr Fraser-Sampson, these are not YOUR charcters, they belong to the late Fred Benson. Your borrowing them and entertaining us with them is appreciated, but they are timeless, and should always remain so. Had this been observed, it would have been four stars.
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